[Linux-aus] Seeking feedback - EFA Citizens Not Suspects campaign
danbryan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 19:32:20 EST 2013
Forgot to CC the list. Pls see below.
On Jun 14, 2013 7:14 PM, "Daniel Bryan" <danbryan at gmail.com> wrote:
> The point has been made that LA involvement in the EFF campaign could
> help to neuter accusations that the EFF are a "fringe" or "loony"
> group, but there's a real risk that LA could be seen the same way.
> It's common for opponents of the FOSS movement to lump everyone in
> with the copy-far-left, even as Linux has become The Mainstream.
> Comparisons of the government of the day - or its policies - with
> $WW2_ERA_POLICY_OR_ORGANISATION tend to make an point easy to
> dismiss or ignore - regardless of its merit.
> If that's the most sophisticated argument we can produce to challenge
> the post-modern, neoliberal form of surveillance driven as much by
> institutional inertia as policy that we're seeing now, my personal
> opinion is that a contribution or expression of support from LA would
> not be productive.
> That's not to say that I'm not a supporter of the EFF, nor of its
> campaign, but there is some strategic value to organisations like LA
> being perceived to be centrist or neutral except where an issue directly
> relates to their charter.
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